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Extreme cold kills more than 2 million animals in Mongolia

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Extreme cold kills more than 2 million animals in Mongolia

More than 2 million animals died in Mongolia due to extreme cold this winter, a government official said.

In the landlocked country, the winters are severe from December to March and in some areas the temperature reaches minus 50 degrees.

But this year, according to the latest report of the United Nations, the severity of the cold was much higher than before.

According to statistics at the end of 2023, Mongolia had 64.7 million animals, including cows, goats, sheep and horses, and severe cold known as “dzud” caused large numbers of animal deaths.

Extreme cold kills more than 2 million animals in Mongolia
Animals lying dead on ice in Mongolia

According to the United Nations, rapid climate change in Mongolia is increasing the severity of winters, and six dzuds have occurred in the past decade, resulting in the loss of 4.4 million livestock between 2022 and 2023.

70% Mongolia is witnessing dzud this year as higher as 17% compares to the last year.

The government has promised that they will take initiatives in order to compensate the herders and prevent further loss of livestock.

But for now the herders said that we will pray to God to prevent further loss of livestock as they would loss more animals if the snowfall doesn’t stop in the coming days.

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